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Computers may be smarter than humans at some things, but are they intelligent? Shutterstock/Olga Nikonova

Computers may be evolving but are they intelligent?

Computing has been getting much smarter since the idea of artificial intelligent was first thought of 60 years ago. But are computers intelligent?
The THAICOM 8 launch by SpaceX’s Falcon 9, successfully taking the telecommunications satellite into orbit and then landing the first stage on a barge at sea. SpaceX

Here’s what happened in space this week

From inflatable space stations to space sweeteners, it’s been an amazing week in space but none so visually astounding as the video from SpaceX of their 3rd successful landing at sea. Three perfect landings…

Will carbon fibre become BHP’s Kodak moment?

Carbon fibre composites have about 5 times the specific strength of steel. BMW are currently making their high volume BMW i3 “Life module” from a carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer. Use of this material has…
Image from NASA of an outburst from the Sun, these were more common when our star was younger. They may have both lead to a warmer Earth as well as the building blocks for life itself. NASA

Huge solar storms may be key to life on Earth

The latest results from NASA’s Kepler satellite may have finally solved the mystery of how the conditions for life were created on our younger Earth - and surprisingly it seems titanic eruptions from the…
ESA’s Swarm constellation reveals new rapid changes of our magnetic field, tied directly to the heart of our planet’s molten iron core. ESA/ATG Medialab

Earth’s magnetic heartbeat, a thinner past and new alien worlds

Space research never stops and it seems neither do the surprises. On ABC Breakfast News I covered some huge results from the last few weeks. Be still my beating (magnetic) heart Earth’s magnetic field…
Erectile dysfunction can cause relationship problems if the man doesn’t share what’s going on in his head. Attila Tsantner/Flickr

Erectile dysfunction often has a psychological basis

Many men experience erectile dysfunction. It might not be an exaggeration to say all men might experience it at some time or another.
All eyes are now on Malcolm Turnbull to help deliver on his pitch to transition the economy. Sam Mooy/AAP

Budget does little to help ‘transition’ the economy

We have to look very hard to find the "ideas boom" in this budget.
A stunning morning Eta Aquarids meteor shower above Devil’s Tower. David Kingham / flickr

Thanks Super New Moon for a great meteor shower

For those of you needing to escape the (Australian) budget this week, the cosmos has produced a perfect distraction with the regular and reliable meteor shower, the Eta Aquarids, to give you a reason to…
What’s in the Turnbull government’s first budget for cities, defence, social services, the ABC and more? AAP/Lukas Coch

Federal budget 2016: political experts react

On reform, the 2016-17 budget is a holding one, with tinkering on the sides.
While technology is not always a replacement, it can offer increased choice and flexibility. Nadezhda1906/Shutterstock

Is online therapy as good as talking face-to-face with a clinician?

Smartphones, tablets and computers are increasingly expanding the availability of health services. This means we can access help anonymous at a time and place that suits us.

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